In the course of a long interview, Roger Federer, who has just said goodbye to tennis at the Laver Cup, talked about how the SABR was born. Roger told: "Why did I invent the SABR? Actually, it had nothing to do with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.
I did it while joking with Benoit Paire in Cincinnati in 2015, during a workout to work off jet lag. Severin Luthi wanted me to go out on the pitch more and I started doing this. I had already tried it in Switzerland some time before, but it is with Benoit that it really took shape.
We practiced in a totally relaxed way, laughing and trying the craziest shots we could think of. You arrive around 3 pm, your game is in the evening, after sunset we were alone on the pitch, it was fabulous." The Swiss chose his perfect match: "Well, I would say the 2004 US Open final against Hewitt.
You don't see a Grand Slam final every day that starts and ends with a 6-0!"
Roger said goodbye to tennis courts
The news of Roger Federer's retirement has sparked a myriad of reactions in every corner of the world. Although it was not a bolt from the blue, few expected that the King would have said enough already at the Laver Cup.
In fact, his presence at the ATP in Basel had been confirmed and there were rumors of the last round of the carousel in 2023. After having undergone yet another operation on his right knee last year, the Swiss phenomenon tried in every way to return competitive.
When he tried to push harder in training, he realized he couldn't go on any longer. In addition, he underwent a resonance whose outcome was not at all satisfactory. In the early afternoon of September 15, the Maestro announced his decision via a letter posted on Instagram.
The 20-time Grand Slam champion has vowed that he won't stray too far from tennis and that he will look for new ways to stay in touch with his fans.